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September 19, 2014 – 6:00 am

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BY RACHEL HYLAND
With Lois Lowry’s dystopian The …

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TV Review: GOTHAM – “Selina Kyle” (01.02)

October 1, 2014 – 6:00 am

TV — GOTHAM — ADAPTATIONS

BY KIM SORENSEN

Gotham.102Written by: Danny Heller
Directed by: Danny Cannon

In Short: Homeless kids are being abducted, and Gordon is going to find them.
Recommended: Yep

DON CARMINE: I never lose sleep over my enemies. It’s my friends that keep me awake.

I am so conflicted about Gotham. I really didn’t like the pilot episode; the second episode was a bit better; but only marginally. The episode crisscrossed so many times between procedural cop drama and comic book show that it almost gave me whiplash. The beginning scene with Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bullock (Donal Logue) and a third cop was brilliant and came across as realistic, for lack of a better term, but later in the episode there is an over the top scene with Jada Pinkett-Smith that had me shaking my head.

The case of the week was interesting: people masquerading as part of the mayor’s homeless outreach program abduct street kids (the great Lili Taylor and Frank Whaley). Taylor is great as the devilishly sweet kidnapper and murderer, but Whaley is just fodder. On the upside they work for the Dollmaker, so eventually we will get to meet him; and in hindsight the character’s getting quite a lot of screen time lately, since Dollmaker also made an appearance on Arrow last season. The partnership between Bullock and Gordon has amazing chemistry, but the back and forth bickering can grate when it happens almost every scene.

I am sick of Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova). I know this episode was named after her. I know she was going to be a focal point, but come on. She is in the background of almost every scene, and Gotham can really stop. She’s a thirteen-year-old petty thief. There are more important things happening, let’s focus on others please.

Like say, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). Bruce is slowly trying to become Batman, by cutting himself, burning himself and other great uses of self-torture. We get to see a softer side of Alfred (I am really digging Sean Pertwee as Alfred), and we see the good man that Bruce can be by donating money to help the homeless kids.

The best parts of the episode belong to Robin Lord Taylor, however, and his sadistic and entertaining portrayal of the man who becomes Penguin. He easily pulls at your heart strings while murdering a douchey college kid. His last line will give you chills.

All in all, I am warming up to Gotham, I just hope they make a few small changes.

— Kim Sorensen

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – “The Caretaker” (08.06)

September 29, 2014 – 6:00 am

TV — DOCTOR WHO
BY RACHEL DAY
Written by: Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
Directed by: …

TV Review: GOTHAM – “Pilot” (01.01)

September 24, 2014 – 6:00 am

TV — GOTHAM — ADAPTATIONS
BY KIM SORENSEN
Written by: Bruno Heller
Directed by: Danny Cannon
US Air …

TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – “Time Heist” (08.05)

September 22, 2014 – 6:00 am

TV — DOCTOR WHO
BY RACHEL DAY
Written by: Stephen Thompson & Steven Moffat
Directed by: …

TOP 13… WORST YA FILM ADAPTATIONS

September 19, 2014 – 6:00 am

TOP 13 — BOOKS — ADAPTATIONS
BY RACHEL HYLAND
With Lois Lowry’s dystopian The …

TV REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO – “Listen” (08.04)

September 15, 2014 – 6:00 am

TV — DOCTOR WHO
BY RACHEL DAY
Written by: Steven Moffat
Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon
US/UK Air …

Book Review: THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

September 10, 2014 – 6:00 am
Book Review: THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

BOOKS — FANTASY
BY COLLEEN REED
In Short: An incredibly talented princess disguises herself as …

TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – “Robot of Sherwood” (08.03)

September 8, 2014 – 6:00 am

TV — DOCTOR WHO
BY RACHEL DAY
Written by: Mark Gatiss
Directed by: Paul Murphy
US/UK Airdate: …

Book Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

September 2, 2014 – 6:00 am

BOOKS — FANTASY — NEIL GAIMAN
BY RACHEL HYLAND
In Short: Neil Gaiman at his enigmatic, shiver-inducing …

TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – “Into the Dalek” (08.02)

September 1, 2014 – 6:00 am

TV — DOCTOR WHO
BY RACHEL DAY
Written by: Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
Directed by: …

SCARY FUNNY – Robin Williams in Genre Film

August 26, 2014 – 6:00 am

MOVIES — HUMOR
BY RACHEL HYLAND and KIM SORENSEN
Billy Crystal’s heartfelt tribute to Robin Willliams …